August 16, 2013 Subject:
Time For Another Look
Hoot Gibson plays the spoiled rich, Rodeo cowboy/wastrel son (supposedly) of Oscar Apfel in this comedic little film that takes place in 1935 Colorado. In only his second picture back after nearly being killed in a plane crash, Gibson seems hail and hardy and on his feet with no loss of sense of humor that endeared him to his many fans. This film is also one of the best pictures he made for the First Division Company and Walter Futter's Diversion Pictures over a two year period. A good cast and good production values overcome the rather tame, but funny script. This is a good 16mm TV print and with good sound. If you like Gibson, you'll like this. I did.
March 26, 2006 Subject:
Half a Hoot.
This Hoot Gibson vehicle is quite significantly low on action and very high on talk. Oh sure, there are SOME action sequences, but it seems to me that this story was too chit-chatty and something NEEDED to be happening, especially in a low rent Western such as this.
When Gibson and his pal are dumped in a train after a wild night of celebrations after Hoot wins a rodeo, they wind up in a one horse town. They decide to stick around for awhile and help with a ranch thats facing some serious financial and employment woes. Its them shifty bankers again you see, and Gibson has to come up with a plan to Save the Ranch!
This was ok I guess. I sorta like Hoot Gibson, but hes just pedestrian here. Maybe its not the western Im (or hes) accustomed to I guess.